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Season Compare: Sharp Top

This season compare comes courtesy of Andrew Reams (aka “The Camera”). It’s of Sharp Top Mountain off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Peaks of Otter.

Sharp Top Mountain always amuses me because it was once believed to be the tallest mountain in Virginia. In fact, a stone from Sharp Top Mountain was inscribed and included at the top of the Washington Monument because it was thought to be “Virginia’s Loftiest Peak“. It turns out, Sharp Top isn’t the tallest mountain in Virginia. It isn’t even taller than the mountain RIGHT NEXT TO IT!

Fail.

Even if it isn’t the tallest mountain in Virginia, Sharp Top is definitely a beautiful mountain and an absolutely gorgeous and rigorous hike. Gorgeous + Rigorous = Fulfilling.

And with that, here is Sharp Top on March 16, 2008 and then Sharp Top again on June 18, 2008.


Sharp Top on March 16, 2008 (Photo by The Camera)


Sharp Top on June 18, 2008 (Photo by The Camera)

September 10, 2008 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Sharp Top and The Sweet Escape

In the privacy of my own journals, I’ve had some harsh words about Gwen Stefani’s solo career.  I’m a bit too lazy to look up the exact passages, but I believe I used words such as “drivel” and “trash” to describe what I perceived to be a marked decline from her No Doubt work. 

Welp, it seems that I have already changed my mind!  I’m sooo into that The Sweet Escape song.  It instantly puts me in a good mood and is a wonderful soundtrack as I travel to trailheads for an adventure.  I’m especially fond of singing along to the high-pitched “Wooo–hooo, wooooo-hoooooo!” parts, though don’t bank on catching me doing that at work.  That only occurs when I’m driving alone or with the dogs (I’ll also make an exception for Carolyn.  That’s the  type of relationship I have with my sister– I can sing offkey as loud as I want without forfeiting her love).  Given the amount of enjoyment I’ve gotten from The Sweet Escape, I’m glad my strong opinions were limited to my journals. 

As I mentioned, yesterday I hiked Sharp Top at the Peaks of Otter.  Here’s another tidbit about that mountain.  It was once believed to be the tallest mountain in Virginia.  It turns out that is far from the truth– Mount Rogers is 1,864 feet higher.  Not only that, but Sharp Top isn’t even the tallest mountain in the Peaks of Otter.  The mountain right beside it, Flat Top, is taller!  I’ve often found amusement at that misconception, even though I could easily fall for the same optical illusion.  Sharp Top with its pointy peak does appear to be taller:


Flat Top on the left is 4001′, while Sharp Top on the right is only 3865′

Unlike my Gwen Stefani rants, the thought that Sharp Top was Virginia’s tallest mountain was not confined to local lore or private journals.  Nope!  That mistake was recorded in stone… literally!  In 1851, a stone from the summit of Sharp Top Mountain was used in the construction of the Washington Monument.  It was engraved as follows:

From Otter’s Summit, Virginia’s Loftiest Peak, To Crown a Monument to Virginia’s Noblest Son

When it comes to documenting mistakes, I find journals preferable to the Washington Monument.  In fact, I’m going to make it my lifetime goal to keep my mistakes off the Washington Monument.  I would say all monuments in general, but I had a vivid memory as a small child disposing of a booger on the Lincoln Memorial… so that option is kinda unobtainable.  I got to stick with what’s feasible. 

Journals – yes.  Washington Monument – no.  Lincoln Memorial…maybe.

March 12, 2007 at 12:01 am 9 comments

Apple Orchard Falls… er… Sharp Top!

Yesterday, the closest CCS has to a CCS Hiking Club went out for an outing.  James Ingerson and I met at CCS and embarked on a trip to Apple Orchard Falls.  There was only one problem:


D’oh.  Closed Road

The Blueridge Parkway was closed north of Peaks of Otter.  Luckily, we just happened to be in the vicinity of a number of great hikes.  We decided to head up to Sharp Top instead.  Sharp Top is a short hike (1.5 miles one way), but it has a lot to offer.  It has a solid incline.  You ascend ~1340 feet in 1.5 miles.  When the going gets rough, I think about Thomas Jefferson  He ascended Sharp Top in 1815…when he was 72 years old!  If he could do it, I suppose I can suck it up.  🙂 Sharp Top sports a number of view opportunies including the summit with a 360 degree view and Buzzard’s Roost.  Finally, if you are feeling adventurous, you can visit the wreckage of a 1941 plane crash (N 37° 25.665 W 079° 36.398).

Stacy, the dogs and I checked out the plane wreck and Buzzard’s Roost a few years ago.  Yesterday, James, the dogs and I went to the Sharp Top Summit.  Some shots from our outing:


Jimmie on rock stairs near the top.


James poses like a founding father at the top

More Pictures and Links
My Sharp Top Photos on my Flickr site
James’ Sharp Top Photos (scroll to the bottom)
B-25D Crash Information
Sharp Top Article from Roanoke Times

March 11, 2007 at 10:03 pm Leave a comment


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